18735 - Genocide, human grief and social cowardice

N. Lygeros
Translated from the Greek by Athena Kehagias

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The notion of genocide as is defined by Lemkin, it’s so fundamental for the whole of Humanity, that it represents the core of the crimes against Humanity.
It is not only descriptive evidence of a reality of the past, but also the substancial point in the struggle for recognition. Despite this, against this human misery, there is also a social cowardice present, deriving from indifference and oblivion. Therefore, a society that has forgotten its history, without realizing, is directed towards the executioner, as it doesn’t take a stance towards the victim, and spiritually it’s immersing into a dangerous neutrality.
Because, as it is also well stated by Elie Wiesel: the executioner always kills twice, the second time with oblivion.